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Books, Journals, New Media
November 12, 2003

Forensic MedicineForensic Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2487. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2487-a

Forensic Medicine: Clinical And Pathological Aspects is protean in its coverage of the field. The first of four sections, "General Issues," contains chapters on such subjects as the history of forensic medicine, death investigations, Shari'ah law, human rights, crime scenes, and mass graves and war crimes. Part 2, "Causes and Investigation of Death and Injury," includes chapters on environmental factors, heat and electricity, perioperative deaths, maternal deaths, infant and childhood deaths, drowning, asphyxia, sports, head injuries, falls, and fire. Part 3, "Practical Investigation and Management," includes coverage of sexual arousal, age estimation, sexual assaults, physical and emotional abuse, illnesses and disorders in custody and prison, substance abuse, mass disaster organization, fitness for interview, and toxic effects of drugs. Part 4, "Related Specialties," includes chapters on forensic anthropology, hematogenetics, psychology, psychiatry, imaging, and entomology, and on statistical techniques and writing of court and legal reports.